QUEBEC ANTICIPATES TRANSPORT PRIVATIZATION

Quebec construction and engineering companies are awaiting the province's new 5-year transportation plan, expecting the government will turn to public-private partnerships to build new roads and bridges. Congestion is costing Montreal Cdn$500 million a year, and half of all delivery costs can be attributed to traffic congestion. Quebec has no toll facilities now, but three companies have formed a consortium to bid on any projects the government initiates. The consortium has jumped the gun by proposing two new toll bridges connecting the island city of Montreal with its suburbs to the north and south for a total of Cdn$900 million. The provincial government is considering the consortium's plan. A toll of Cdn$2 a trip or less, administered electronically, would repay the cost over 30 years. However, there is resistance from people who fear that making access easier could lead people to move from the city to the suburbs. Public transit advocates are also arguing for their option.

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    Public Works Financing

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  • Publication Date: 2000-4

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  • Pagination: p. 37-38
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  • Accession Number: 00792353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 2000 12:00AM